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Pixel Veil presents “The Alchemist’s Letter,” a richly inventive and visually stunning dark fairly tale. When Veridian, an estranged young man, receives his late alchemist father Nicolas’ inheritance (voice of Academy Award® nominated John Hurt), he is exposed to the ill-fated reality that his father built a tumultuous gold making machine powered by his own memories. The film takes us on an enchanted journey through the vessels of the machine where we explore the contents of the alchemist’s most precious memories, all in an attempt to give his son one last life lesson and save his relationship with his daughter (voice of Eloise Webb) from following down the same fateful path.
"The Alchemist's Letter" is a 5-minute short film from earlier this year written and directed by Carlos Stevens. For him, it was the second film after a break of 7 years actually.
His work here includes the voice acting of Oscar nominee John Hurt and Eloise Webb, who has a pretty respectable career for her age. This film is not a particularly memorable addition though. Yes it does look beautiful, but in terms of the story I must say this film tried so hard to be deep and meaningful, but it all seemed empty and shallow to me I must say. The animation is really the only reason to watch this brief movie, but I must say animation is so overwhelmingly strong these days that this is simply not enough anymore to cut the cake. I do not recommend this short film. Thumbs down.